Vijay Iyer

Genres: Jazz Urban
Decades: 1990s 2000s


7 January 1971, New York, USA. Taking violin lessons from the age of three, Iyer then became interested in piano from the age of six. Self taught on this instrument, he also began composing and by his teens was playing jazz and original improvised music. Iyer’s first career choice was outside music and he studied for a degree in physics, meanwhile earning an interdisciplinary doctorate in music and cognitive science. His student years were spent in the San Francisco area where he played often with local jazzmen. In 1998 he relocated to New York City, quickly making an impact on the improvised music scene. He led his own quartet, which included Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone), Stephan Crump (bass) and, separately, drummers Derreck Phillips, Tyshawn Sorey and Marcus Gilmore. The collective trio, Fieldwork, with alto saxophonist Steve Lehman and Sorey, made its recording debut in 2002 and received unstinting critical praise. In 2003 he was recipient of the...

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